FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Pearl N. Jones, 80, who died Friday, March 20, 2009, were Tuesday, March 24, at First Baptist Church of Franklinton, with the Rev. Lafayette Maxwell officiating. Burial followed in the Manasseh Church cemetery.
RALEIGH - James Timothy “J.T.” Mullen, 87, died Friday morning, March 20, 2009 at Wake Med. Funeral services were Monday, March 23, at New Hope Baptist Church, Raleigh, with Dr. Gerald Goodwin and Dr. Jack Coffey officiating. Burial followed in Raleigh Memorial Park.
LOUISBURG – Martha Ray Matthews Speed, 82, of the Laurel Mill Community, passed away Monday morning.
Unemployment is rising in our area.
The General Assembly is considering a budget that would raise over a billion dollars in taxes and fees on the backs of citizens and companies in North Carolina.
I was saddened to see that Kathy Harrelson was leaving The Franklin Times as managing editor.
Kathy brought some diversity in opinions as well as a positive attitude in her writings that is not always seen in some of the other writers of the paper.
Well, she did it – big time.
As had been widely expected, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposed 2009-10 state budget includes tax increases on the sale of tobacco and alcohol products. The tax hikes are truly punitive – nearly tripling the excise tax on cigarettes from 35 cents to $1.35, for example – and are projected to pilfer about a half a billion dollars next year and nearly $700 million the year after that out of the pockets of smokers and drinkers.
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Commissioners approved a resolution calling for a statewide vote on banning gay marriage.
Come this Wednesday night, Franklin County’s commissioners will have some positions to weigh.
On one hand, they can approve a lease agreement allowing Triangle Skydiving Center to begin operations at its Triangle North Executive Airport — a revenue generator in more ways than one.
Franklin County has lost two outstanding friends and public servants in the past week with the deaths of Martha Speed and Lanier “L.C.” Hasty.
Speed — who faced a great deal of adversity in her last years with the death of her husband, Sen. James Speed, with the untimely passing of her daughter, Claudia, and failing health — was courageous and beloved.
GOOD MORNING: Looks like we’re in for another cloudy and possibly wet spell for the next several days, but the good news is that it’s going to be a bit warmer beginning Thursday.
On second thought, maybe a cooling off period is just what we need, judging by reader response to some stories in our weekend edition.
Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 311 students earned dean’s list honors for the fall semester that ended in December 2008.
To qualify for the dean’s list, a student had to maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and have no grade lower than “B” while carrying at least 12 semester hours, according to VGCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Angela Ballentine.
The Louisburg Town Council refused to amend a zoning ordinance that would have allowed a man to open a tattoo parlor downtown.
David Lewter petitioned the board to amend its zoning text to allow parlors as a conditional use in the B-1 (downtown) district.
Franklin County’s free clinic is not necessarily on life-support, but its founders could use some infusion of funds — stat.
Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine has served uninsured and underserved residents for five years, and the clinic is facing a budget crunch unlike anything it’s faced before.
A judge is scheduled to hear motions next month that could put to an end to the claims that Sheriff’s Office negligence led to a pedestrian’s death.
Marcus Coppedge, 23, was killed the evening of Dec. 31, 2007 when he was hit by Deputy Crystal Mitchell as he tried to cross N.C. Highway 39 near Ingleside.
Above, members of Girl Scout Troop 392 of Youngsville, left to right, Brianna Patterson, Cady Bailey, Lindsey Lee and Troop Leader Amy Bailey tell visitors to the third annual Youngsville Area Business Association (YABA) Business Expo about their cookies for overseas troops program. The expo was Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. at the Youngsville National Guard Armory off U.S. Highway 1-A in town. The exposition provides an opportunity for businesses to present information about themselves and what they offer to new and existing residents. (Times photo by Gary Cunard)
Wake Health Services is slated to move to the heart of the county, making good on its promise to provide equal access to all Franklin County residents.
Its Franklin Community Health Services clinic opened in Dr. Donald Woodburn’s old office location in Franklinton Square last June.
“We’re going to work to win and work to dominate,” said newly-elected Chairman Jeremy Neal at the Franklin County Republican Party’s annual county convention March 20 at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex in Louisburg.
Neal made several proposals to help the county GOP grow.
FRANKLINTON — Two Franklinton High School students were arrested last week for possessing drugs and a weapon on school property.
School Resource Officer D.W. Hinton was alerted to the possibility that students were smoking marijuana inside a parked vehicle the morning of March 18.
A judge dismissed all charges against a firefighter and ruled that the parents of a man mistakenly declared dead don’t have a case of emotional distress against a handful of other defendants.
In orders that were filed late last week, Superior Court Judge Henry W. Hight Jr. dismissed all claims against Phillip Grissom Jr., an Epsom firefighter who responded to the scene where Larry Green was hit by a car on the evening of Jan. 24, 2005.
LOUISBURG -- A trio of Louisburg High School performers have earned spots on the All-Tar Roanoke Athletic Conference boys basketball squad for the 2008-09 campaign.
Louisburg’s honorees were post Rasool Kearney, forward Deandre Blacknall and wing Tabias Wright. That trio helped LHS secure the No. 3 regular season spot in the TRAC. The Warriors took second place at the annual TRAC Tournament and reached the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
FRANKLINTON -- After three lopsided victories to open the season, Franklinton High School girls soccer coach Deran Coe expected an increased level of competition Tuesday evening.
But he didn’t necessarily expect to lose.
LOUISBURG -- Don’t accuse the Louisburg College baseball squad of backing away from potentially tough competition.
Two weeks ago, the Hurricanes went on the road and dropped a four-game, Region X series against Spartanburg Methodist -- the fifth-ranked junior college program in the nation.
WEST PEORIA, ILL. -- Early in the season, Louisburg College’s three sophomores expressed frustration to head coach Mike Holloman.
Their mutual concern was that maybe this year’s LC women’s basketball squad wouldn’t live up to the long-standing legacy set up by the program.
Charges against a Louisburg man arrested on sexual assault of a toddler were dropped in Franklin County, but the matter remains an open issue in Tennessee.
Franklin County’s Department of Social Services and the Sheriff’s Office joined in May 2007 to charge Maron R. Levister, of 1001 S. Main St., with first-degree rape of a child, carnal knowledge, sexually assaulting the girl, who was 4 at the time, and taking indecent liberties with the child.